Save Money, See the Nation: Road Trips Can Save You Big
Posted 19 July 2016 12:00 AM by J.D. Byrider
Road trips are a classic American pastime. Road trips offer families a chance to spend large amounts of time together while they explore the natural American landscape and learn more about American history. No matter what region of the country you live in road trips are a possible way for your family to enjoy the summer months together.
If you live on the West Coast, the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most breathtaking routes in the country. The Pacific Coast Highway, also known as PCH, stretches almost the entire length of the West Coast, however, according to Forbes, the 94 miles that stretch from Monterey to San Simeon contains the most picturesque landscape. Travel down this stretch of highway and you can stop at sites such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Big Sur and Hearst Castle.
Another West Coast road trip option for your family is The Loneliest Road in Nevada. This stretch of U.S. Highway 50 is part of the Great Basin National Park. Great Basin National Park is home to bristlecone pines, the oldest living thing on Earth.
Traveling via interstate through the Midwest may not be the most scenic part of your road trip, but there are still some roads that offer family friendly stops along the way. The Ohio River Scenic Byway connects Cincinnati, OH to Louisville, KY and stretches approximately 1,000 miles across three states. Once you reach Louisville, your family can enjoy a comfortable stay at the 21c Museum Hotel, which features a $10 million collection of artwork. Travelers over 21, you can also enjoy Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, where visitors can sample over 50 types of bourbon from nearby distilleries like Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark.
If an East coast road trip is more plausible for your family, there are plenty of options ranging from U.S. Route 9 in New York to Cape Cod, MA. U.S. Route 9 stretches more than 300 miles from Delaware to the U.S.-Canadian border. The 57 miles that run through lower New York contain multiple famer’s markets, such as the Hyde Park Farmers’ Market, and places to stop for organic homemade goods.
The Acadia All American Road, located in Maine, is home to Acadia National Park where your family can spend time looking for bald eagles and other nesting birds. If your family enjoys more adrenaline-rich activities, you can hike the 1,532 foot Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park.
Small beach towns such as Cape Code offer beach views from the road, or you can stop at Nickerson State Park. If learning about historical sites is more your family’s speed, the Cape Cod Museum of Art offers the opportunity to view sea captain houses that date back to the 18th century.
There is plenty of road to cover down South if staying warm and admiring the beach is more your family’s scene. From Virginia all the way down to the Florida Keys, there is something for everyone to see. Along the upper south is Blue Ridge Parkway, which stretches through Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. The almost 500-mile long parkway connects both Great Smokey Mountains National Park, located in Tennessee, and Shenandoah National Park, located in Virginia. During the spring and summer months there are hundreds of blooming flower fields to explore. You can also engage in hiking excursions or if walking is more your pace, you can walk around the historic Biltmore Estate.
From the Appalachian Mountains down to the coast of Florida driving the U.S. highway never gets boring. If you travel down U.S. 1 and leave the mainland you will be traveling down the 120-mile long island chain that is the Florida Keys. The 7 Mile Bridge, one of the longest bridges in the world, connects the string of islands from Key Largo to Key West. If your family stops on Islamorada, you can swim with dolphins at the Theater of the Sea.
No matter where you live or where you are planning to visit there is a road, highway or parkway that contains exciting activities for the whole family. Road trips are a more affordable vacation option and the only thing standing in the way of your family and amazing summer memories, is reliable transportation.
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